School Improvement News

School and District Improvement Plan Documentation Submission the 2018-2019 School Year for the 2019-2020 School Year:

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is working toward an enhanced whole child model of needs assessment and planning; however, for this year in
partnership with AdvancED, the MDE will continue to keep the ASSIST web-based open for submission of District Improvement Plans (DIPs), School
Improvement Plans (SIPs), and other documents associated with DIPs and SIPs for 2018-2019 school year.
All schools in Michigan will be assigned the Improvement Plan Assurance and choose school improvement plan option as directed by their districts.
Districts will complete Goals and Plans in ASSIST as they did in 2017-2018.
All districts and schools will be assigned the Program Evaluation Tool.


The redesign we talked about for the last few months is not taking place during the current 18-19 school Year.

Thank you,


Welcome New Professional Staff

Dearborn Teacher University welcomes over 75 new staff members to the district!

Recently the Dearborn Teacher University office presented a two day orientation to our new teachers. During the sessions offered, staff members from various district departments presented a brief overview of how they can support teachers during the school year. The second day was focused upon unpacking elementary and secondary standards, writing content and language objectives and accessing and navigating the DEC platform. A huge thank you to all of our amazing presenters who helped make the orientation a great success!


We look forward to working with our new professional staff during their first year in the district and wish them best of success at the start of the school year!

Final DTU Year One PD Session checks out Google Apps

This past week, the Dearborn Teacher University hosted its final Year One PD workshop for the 2017-18 school year. This month’s topic was on Google Apps. Troy Patterson, Director of Technology and Media Services provided a hands-on overview of how to efficiently utilize Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar and other Google apps available for educators to access through the Google Suite for Education. The session included opportunities for the participants to try out the new Gmail platform and ask questions.

Based on the overall feedback, our teachers understand how important the integration of technology can be in working with their students and in their classrooms. Mr. Patterson encouraged all participants to reach out to one of the two district tech coaches for additional support. The Tech Coaches blog offers tips, explanations and the ability to schedule an appointment with one of them to work with teachers and students.

We would like to wish all of our Dearborn Teacher University Mentees, Mentors and Presenters a wonderful summer break!

We look forward to working with you again in the 2018-19 school year.

It’s a Wrap! Year One Professional Staff finish up their first year in Dearborn Public Schools

This past week, over 400 Year One Professional Staff members and their mentors attended their last Mentor/Mentee meeting of the school year. During the meeting we discussed the importance of relationships between the mentor/mentee partnership, as well as the relationships between teacher to students, parents and colleagues. Year end Dearborn Teacher University and state requirements were reviewed for all new staff members and their mentors. Anyone with questions should please contact our office.

We have one final DTU Professional Development opportunity left for this school year on May 22 from 4:10-5:25. The topic for this month is Google Apps. Be sure to register at this link if you’re still in need of professional development hours:

The Dearborn Teacher University wishes all of their mentees congratulations on completing their first year with the Dearborn Public Schools!

Time to Partner Up! Co Teaching-PD Dearborn Teacher University

One Hundred and twenty four first year teachers attended the latest Dearborn Teacher University session, the new professional staff defined co-teaching as “collaboration.” Participants learned about the various models of co-teaching and how important it is for the teams to pre-plan their lessons. As part of the District Strategic Plan, co-teaching partners a general education teacher with a specialized teacher in the area of Special Education or EL. Together, two highly qualified educators work to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.

We are grateful for the wonderful experience and knowledge shared by the leadership team from the Special Education Department, Mike Esseily, Nicole West, Kim Ray, Rola Bazzi Gates, Courtney Pletzke and others. They along with  always support the DTU program by contributing their expertise and presenting on various topics.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on May 22, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Google Apps.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One Google Apps

See everyone in May!


Free SCECH Opportunities Through Michigan Virtual


Several teachers often contact the school improvement office to inquire about Free SCECH opportunities. Below is a valuable source through Michigan Virtual which is an online blended learning platform for educators and students.

May 1 is the deadline to register — Last chance to enroll in  self-paced online courses to receive your SCECHs in time for the June 30 deadline.

We highlighted the Free Online Courses listed below:

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Sign up for these courses by May 1 to receive your SCECHs in time for the June 30 deadline!

Dearborn Teacher University Training Focuses on Special Education Services

This past week our Year One Professional Staff  received professional development in the area of Special Education. Participants spent time learning about the various acronyms and labels utilized in the department and how students are identified for potential services. In addition, the various models of intervention services offered through the MTSS process were introduced.  Our presenters also explored a variety of co-teaching models and how they benefit our students. The leadership team from the Special Education Department, Mike Esseily, Courtney Pletzke, Rola Bazzi-Gates, Nicole West and Kim Ray did a wonderful job working with our new professional staff.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on April 17, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Co-Teaching.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One Co-Teaching

We hope you have a wonderful spring break with your families and friends! See you all in April!



Resisting Inequity: Language as Power and Right

The School Improvement Office and the Dearborn EL Department members teamed up to attend the 2018 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 47th Annual Conference.  The NABE is a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.  Our teams had the opportunity to attend several high-quality sessions that focused on improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote session by Saul Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez is the chess coach and art teacher at Henderson Middle School in El Paso, Texas, where he coached his students to win the national chess championships in 2015 and 2016. Ramirez grew up in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio, one of the poorest zip codes in the United States, and discovered chess as a child, which became a pathway out of misfortune.  This amazing middle school teacher believed in his students when no one else did. Two students from the winning team shared their stories of struggle and courage and how playing chess helped change their lives. Needless to say there was not a dry eye in the 2,000 seat auditorium. The story of their championship journey is chronicled in the book The Champions’ Game.

Another valuable session that we attended focused upon online educational resources available ​for teachers at no cost.  Here’s the description from this worthwhile session: When English language learners are placed in your mainstream classroom, it’s a huge challenge for them…and for you.  What is out there that can help you reach your student’s families, teach literacy skills, academic content, and English at the same time?  Join us for the latest research and FREE resources on Colorin Colorado. The website is sponsored by the AFT and is filled with a wealth of information for all teachers and parents to explore while working with children.  Here’s the link to the website:

​​The EL and SIP teams are excited to implement some of these best practices with our Dearborn students and teachers. ​

Year One Professional Staff Engage in SIOP Strategies

The February session of the Dearborn Teacher University professional development workshop had a change of scenery with our new staff members meeting at Stout Middle School this past week. This month’s topic was the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol or SIOP.  Our EL Department trainers and coaches, led by Kellie Bugajski, Ameen Elder, Jeannine Oynoian and Nadra Shami spent the hour receiving a brief overview about the eight components embedded in SIOP. Participants were divided up into small groups to engage in Word Sorts, Structured Reading and Structured Conversation activities. The presenters modeled the various SIOP lessons and strategies with the hopes that our new staff could apply these ideas in their classrooms.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on March 20, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Special Education Accommodations.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One SE Accommodations & Categories

We hope you have a wonderful mid-winter break with your families and friends! See you all in March!

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